Sinister, Gauche, Untoward, Inauspicious and many more such words are associated with the (so- called) unlucky Friday the 13th.
What is inauspicious in this date and the day? I am sure many of my respected readers must be having this question in mind.
Before giving a numerological view on this myth, I would like to mention some facts :-
* Paraskevidekatriaphobics is the phenomenon which describes those afflicted with a morbid fear of Friday the 13th.
* The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary
* Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
* Many buildings don't have a 13th floor.
* Hotels do not have room number 13.
* Even the opera houses in Italy avoid this number.
These facts clearly indicate that the myth of Friday the 13th is worldwide.
The reason why this myth developed is because it is generally associated with the fate of Jesus as the 13th guest among his 12 apostles in the Biblical account of the Last Supper. The Bible tells us that one of the dinner guests – apostles – went on to betray Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the crucifixion of Jesus on the next day—a Friday! It was, for many years, designated the day for capital punishment and informally referred to as "hangman's day." At some places it is also believed that it was Friday the 13th when Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit.
Numerology can surely give a clear and correct answer to this problem. In Numerology every number has a particular meaning; these meanings have been adopted from the Egyptian pyramids. On the pyramids some pictures are engraved and they denote some numbers.
On the pyramids in Egypt, there is a picture number 13, named ‘LA MUERTE’ which symbolises ‘Death’. In the picture there is a skeleton with scythe (death) reaping down men, and a crowned head of a man has fallen at the point of the scythe. At its back, is a female head with flowing hair parted in the centre.
This is a symbol of the conception of realisation. Most people believe that this indicates death, transmutation, deception, destruction, hope, faith and rebirth.
But here is the point where the mistake arises; people have not understood the hidden meaning of the picture. They just deciphered what was visible and failed to understand the hidden meaning. After my analysis and experience of more than 3 decades, I concluded that this number is not at all lucky. The skeleton with scythe signifies that man has to multiply his efforts during this period and if he tends to be lethargic, then his failure is certain. But if he faces the adversities with confidence and courage then his success is 100% sure.
It was believed that number 13 was very auspicious for Ex- Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpaayee but this time even the election results declared on 13th did not yield any positive result for Mr. Vajpayee. I do not want to discuss politics here but just want to make my readers clear that number 13 is an uncertain number. One never knows how it might work the other time. But this does not mean it is inauspicious. It might be lucky at times and might work against the other time.
A week ago, a business contacted me and told that his brother experienced the negativity of number 13. He prospered in his roadways business and purchased one truck after another, but the moment he purchased the 13th one, his degradation started.
And a few days ago I met a senior manager of HDFC Bank who told me that number 13 has been very lucky in his life. This number has brought huge gains to him.
By now the readers must have become familiar that 13 is lucky for one and unlucky for another. Number 13 signifies a change, and the change can be positive as well as negative. And please don’t develop any myth that a child born on Friday the 13th is jinxed, because in my personal experience there is a reporter in a leading newspaper, which has immense potentials and I see him as a senior executive in the editorial in future.
It is not that 13 is considered unlucky everywhere. In the Indian pantheon there are 13 Buddhas, 13 mystical discs surrounding the Indian and Chinese pagodas, 13 snake Gods of the Mexicans.
So, I request everyone to please remove this myth of your and still if there is any confusion, do get in touch with me and you will surely have your doubt cleared.